What makes these farms excellent?
“I had the opportunity to learn a lot from the producers as they described how they have achieved such consistently good results,” explains Jeff Reneau, University of Minnesota professor of dairy management. “In reflecting on the comments I heard at each farm, observing the management practices first-hand and studying their DHI records, several familiar themes prevail.” FULL STORY »
Costly Klebsiella ID’d on New York farms
Coliform mastitis caused by Klebsiella species is a problem in New York State and at the Miner Institute. Klebsiella mastitis is particularly troublesome compared with Escherichia coli (another common cause of coliform mastitis) because of the severity of clinical episodes on milk yield and cow health, lack of an effective treatment, increased risk of culling or death, and lack of an effective vaccination program. FULL STORY »
WSDA / WSU residue meeting for dairy producers & veterinarians
FDA will soon begin a milk sampling program aimed at approximately 900 dairies across the US that have had a meat residue violation in the past three years. These dairies will be randomly selected from a national pool of 1600-1800 dairies. FULL STORY »
A look at mammary immunity
Dairy cows undergo several physiological changes during the onset of lactation that can impact the magnitude and duration of mammary gland inflammatory responses. FULL STORY »
Energy balance of cows and mastitis: Potential linkages
Try these suggestions to reduce excessive body condition loss in early lactation and thereby reduce mastitis. FULL STORY »
Study examines selenium's effect on heifer mastitis
New research looks at selenium supplementation before calving and its effect on early-lactation udder health of pastured dairy heifers. FULL STORY »
How Do Heifers Get Mastitis?
Before they give their first drop of milk, some heifers already succumb to intramammary mastitis infections. How does this happen? Mastitis specialists Steve Nickerson, PhD, with the University of Georgia, and Bill Owens, PhD, at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, say the answer is not completely clear. FULL STORY »
Tools for a faster mastitis diagnosis on the horizon
Research says PCR tests hold promise as a tool to complement traditional methods of mastitis diagnostics. FULL STORY »